Our Staff

 

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SENIOR PASTOR (full-time):

Rev. Dr. John McNeill joined St. Paul’s on July 1, 2012. His role includes worship leader and preacher, leader of staff, and vision-caster. He works with the Worship, Church Council, Leadership Development, Finance and Staff Parish Relations (personnel) teams. John also works with the Loving Care Coordinator in the areas of pastoral care, funerals and weddings.

EMAIL:  jmcneill@stpaulsithaca.org

Click HERE to follow Pastor John’s blog, “Led and Transformed by the Spirit.”

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE MINISTRIES COORDINATOR & BOOKKEEPER (part-time):

Michelle Eells is the person you will see in the front office from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday, and 9:00 am – 1:30 pm on Thursday. She manages the calendar and provides administrative support to our very active church and staff. Michelle also pays the bills, serves on the Finance Committee and creates financial reports for St. Paul’s. She is assisted by volunteer Dick Tenney, who is our financial secretary.

EMAIL: office@stpaulsithaca.org

 

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LOVING CARE COORDINATOR (half-time):

Pastor Kate O’Neal is the coordinator of Pastoral Care, especially for our elders and persons going through times of crisis. She also coordinates lay persons who go through training to be part of our visitation ministry.

EMAIL: koneal@stpaulsithaca.org

 

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES COORDINATOR (half-time):

Laura Dolch is the coordinator of our ministries for children, focusing on our dynamic and creative Sunday morning program for children from age 3 on up to sixth grade. Laura also coordinates our paid childcare program so that our young ones have consistent, loving caregivers.

EMAIL: lauradolch@stpaulsithaca.org

 

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YOUTH MINISTRIES COORDINATOR (quarter-time):

Ruth Keagle is the coordinator of ministries for youth in 6th-12th grade in Sunday morning church school, Confirmation class, Sunday afternoon youth groups, and many other youth activities. Ruth recruits and supports volunteer youth leaders and teachers.

EMAIL: rkeagle@stpaulsithaca.org

 

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MUSIC DIRECTOR (half-time):

Our Music Director, Chancel Choir Director, and organist / pianist is Dr. Nick Weiser.

EMAIL: nweiser@stpaulsithaca.org

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Dorothy Preston is our FESTIVAL CHIMES DIRECTOR (advanced bell choir).

EMAIL: dpreston@stpaulsithaca.org

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Jessa Dauria (left) and Katrina Twardokus (right) are our CHILDREN’S MUSIC GROUP and YOUTH MUSIC ENSEMBLE DIRECTORS.

EMAIL: office@stpaulsithaca.org

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CUSTODIAN (half-time):

Sue Orzel keeps “this old house” as clean as possible.

EMAIL: sorzel@stpaulsithaca.org

 

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BUILDING MINISTRIES COORDINATOR (part-time):

Kevin Miller manages space use and building ministries at St. Paul’s, working with the Trustees to provide a comfortable and safe space for our church activities and all the community groups who use our space.

EMAIL: building@stpaulsithaca.org

 

 

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PASTOR EMERITUS:

Rev. Bob McCune was the Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s from 1974-1983, and for a brief time in 2011-12. We are blessed to have Bob, his wife Alice, and many of his family as members of our current congregation.

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